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Stage Production Aims to Help Those Struggling With Alcoholism

There have been countless plays written about the descent of someone into alcohol or drugs. When Stanley yells “Stella” in A Streetcar Named Desire he’s drunk. The dialogue in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf wouldn’t be as searing without the mask of liquor. But what about a play about getting sober? And what if it […]

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There have been countless plays written about the descent of someone into alcohol or drugs. When Stanley yells "Stella" in A Streetcar Named Desire he’s drunk. The dialogue in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf wouldn't be as searing without the mask of liquor.

But what about a play about getting sober? And what if it was written and produced in the hope it'd be a vehicle to help someone in the audience recognize their own struggle and get help?

Producer Paige Phelps found a production with that very goal here in Houston — one whose producers have their eyes on taking the message to a much larger audience.

Bill W. and Dr. Bob, a play about the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, will be performed in Houston at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston June 26 at 8 p.m.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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